A drive through the heart of town revealed a sophisticated Arts Center with underground theatres and a gigantic Sports Center.  I was very impressed with the efficient public transportation system and tree lined boulevards.
Since tonight was our last night on board the ship, the waiters paraded through the dining room …

26 March 2015  Uncategorized

“Posh Melbourne is a genteel city of Victorian buildings, verdant parks and a vibrant multicultural heart.” according to our guide as we took a panoramic drive through the “Garden Capital of Australia.”
Our bus headed down the Esplanade with sandy beaches bordered by palm trees before passing through the affluent residential …

14 March 2015  Uncategorized

     As in our last NZ port, there was a huge mountain of wood chips on the wharf.  Our guide said that Burnie was changing its image from industrial port to tourist destination.  Apparently 10 years ago, the port water was orange with effluence; however, environmental concerns have produced beautiful …

9 March 2015  Uncategorized

We only experienced force 4 winds; however, it was still”an ocean in motion.”  There were all sorts of amenities on board ib addition to reading, relaxing, eating and movies: a Casino for gamblers, full scale Spa, lectures, art auctions, jewelry presentations and more.
The whole personnel on this Holland America line …

1 March 2015  Uncategorized

The Captain wasn’t kidding when he announced last night that we would be experiencing gale winds of 65 knots because this A.M. our ship was definitely “rocking and rolling” with 30 to 40 foot swells and winds strong enough to lift a lounge chair over the railing and into the …

22 February 2015  Uncategorized

Another sunshiny day for our bus tour of this city settled by the Scotch.  Initially called New Edinburgh, the city fathers re-christened it Dunedin, the old Celtic name for their beloved Scottish city.  Growth was assured when gold was discovered in 1861.
Splendid stone buildings in the Victorian and Edwardian tradition …

11 February 2015  Uncategorized

Since our ship was docked at Lyttleton, our driver “chippered” (transported) us through the tunnel into Christchurch, “The most English city outside of England.”  Because it was springtime there, the rhododendrons. azaleas, Icelandic Poppies and other flowers were in bloom – thus the nickname, “Garden City.”
At Mona Vale, an historic …

1 February 2015  Uncategorized

“The Sights of Wellington Panoramic Drive” pointed out that Wellington is the Capital of New Zealand; nicknamed the Windy City”; situated on several faults; has hills like San Francisco and sports English style chimney pots.
There were many hairpin bends as our bus climbed one of the hills to see the …

25 January 2015  Uncategorized

An earthquake leveled the town in   1931, so this “Miami Beach of the Southern Hemisphere” was rebuilt with art deco-style buildings.  From Hawke’s Bay our bus drove inland through Havelock, a lovely village tucked into the surrounding hills; stopped for us to sample huge strawberries at the Strawberry Patch; and …

19 January 2015  Uncategorized

New Zealand is adamant in restricting foreign plants, seeds and any food from the ship to shore including sandwiches and fruit.  Sometimes the food sniffing beagles with their handlers were at the disembarking gangplank and other times they were in the port building.
While Kathy toured Rotorua, where geothermal geysers and …

10 January 2015  Uncategorized
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